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Hoi An seeks investment in nightlife

Update: October, 19/2015 - 09:51
The central town of Hoi An is seeking investment in nighttime entertainment after an earlier proposal failed to find investors for 10 years.

It has earmarked a 170ha area for the purpose.

But despite seeking investment in entertainment at night to meet tourists' demand, authorities order bars to close before midnight to retain the old town's value.

Thanh nien (Young People)

Central region surveyed for budget tourism

Twenty members of the HCM City Tourism Association along with officials from the Sai Gon Railway Company are surveying the central provinces of Binh Thuan, Khanh Hoa, Phu Yen, and Binh Dinh for budget tourism by train from HCM City.

On the trip from October 17 to 21 the Sai Gon Railway Company is using a special coach designed for tourism with 44 comfortable seats, wifi, and meal services.

Tourism by train has not taken off due to the very poor quality of trains.

Tuoi Tre (Youth)

Old HCM City villa sold to foreigners

One of the most beautiful villas in HCM City, located at the intersection of Vo Van Tan, Ba Huyen Thanh Quan, and Nguyen Thi Dieu streets in District 3, has been sold to foreign buyers at a price of US$35 million.

The 2,900sq.m villa had been placed on the market at a price of $47 million in early 2013.

The French-style villa was built more than 100 years ago with all materials brought from French and by a crew of skilled workers.

But since the villa might come under conservation laws, the owners will only have the right to use and not destroy or alter it.

Nguoi Lao dong (The Labourer)

Pensioners receive bank account allowances

Twenty seven per cent of pensioners, or 46,200 people, are paid their pension and social insurance allowance through bank accounts, HCM City's Social Insurance Department announced.

It has worked with six banks to pay the pensions.

The department also pays unemployment allowance for over 100,000 people through banks.

Earlier a pensioner had to go to the department's office five times on average to get their pension.

Sai Gon Giai Phong (Liberated Sai Gon)

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